Argentina's Football Team Just Cancelled A “Friendly” Match With Israel After Fans Around The World Demanded It

By Sarmad Amer | 6 Jun, 2018

Argentina’s Football team, led by the legendary footballer Lionel Messi, has pulled out of a “friendly” warm-up match against Israel after protests from fans around the world. According to reports, the match was “suspended” after “escalation of violence, threats and criticism” by fans of the sports team, especially toward the captain ‘Leo’ Messi.

 

The match between Argentina and Israel was scheduled to be played on June 9 Jerusalem before it was cancelled by Argentina

According to Al Jazeera, the match between the two countries was to be played in Teddy Stadium which is located on land that was once a Palestinian village that was destroyed in 1948.

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Source: skysports.com

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also apparently spoken with his Argentinian counterpart urging the national team of Argentina to reconsider their decision.

 

Fans had started a campaign last month urging the Argentine team to cancel their match with Israel over the atrocities committed by the Israeli state toward the Palestinian people

Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement had initiated a campaign #NothingFriendly in this regard, saying “there is nothing ‘friendly’ about military occupation and apartheid”.

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Source: bdsmovement.net

 

The campaign soon caught the attention of football fans all around the world, word spread and people took to social media to share their opinions on the matter.

People were sharing how there are many other famous icons who have stopped associating with Israel over the atrocities being committed in the region.

 

After the announcement that Argentina has pulled out, people were overjoyed at the gesture by the team

 

People are especially thankful toward Messi for taking a political stance and making a big statement

 

 

At the same time, there are those who think that the Argentine team caved into angry protestors for fear of their safety had they not cancelled the match

 

Whatever side you believe in, Argentina’s Football team’s decision to not play against Israel is certainly a big statement. What remains to be seen is if such an action has any consequences on the FIFA World Cup that’s starting from June 14.

 

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Cover image via: ghanasoccernet.com

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